New electric car research reveals surprising change in attitude

New electric car research reveals surprising change in attitude

New research about electric cars found that there is perhaps a surprising attitude towards EVs held by motorists, that may not be assumed.

Electric cars are becoming more popular in Britain as there is a push towards electrification, more choice of EVs on the roads and cheaper overall pricing.

However, there is still a number of factors holding back motorists from making the switch to electric.

Range anxiety is perhaps one of the factors which ha plagued the uptake of EVs over the past few years.

A lot of drivers will not be convinced that an electric car could replace their petrol or diesel vehicles as it is perceived that many of them cannot match up to them.

A new survey conducted by carmaker Mini found that the attitudes of motorists using electric cars are seemingly changing.

It was used to outline how people would use an electric car and what it would need to be to facilitate the driver’s needs.

Almost two thirds (63 per cent) said the best way to use an electric car would be for commuting or city driving, according to a new survey MINI USA.

At the same time, 73 percent of consumer surveyed said that battery range of up to 75 miles was sufficient for their daily use.

This is surprising as the majority of electric cars on sale in Britain at the moment can achieve 75 miles on a single charge and some can comfortable achieve double and even triple this amount.

However, on the other end of the scale the survey found that more education about electric cars was needed.

Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of consumers surveyed did not know where their nearest EV charging station was located.

At the same time company data shows that 80 percent of EV owners tend to charge their cars at home.

Many drivers are still put off by charging times and a quarter of motorists said an ‘acceptable;’ charging time was 30 minutes.

“It is important for us as a brand to understand how consumers want to use their electric vehicles, and what they know and don’t know about them as we move closer to the launch of the MINI Cooper S E electric vehicle in the U.S.,” said Andrew Cutler, Head of Corporate Communications, MINI USA.

“The more intelligence we gather, the more we can educate consumers about the many benefits of electric mobility and what MINI has to offer in the new MINI Cooper S E electric vehicle coming in early 2020.”

Published at Mon, 22 Apr 2019 06:02:00 +0000